Cultural Capital 15 December 2011 Words in pictures: Russell Hoban The late author discusses his penchant for writing songs and rhymes. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The cult writer and author of Riddley Walker died yesterday, aged 86. Hoban is famous for creating Frances, a young girl who appeared in the guise of a badger, in seven children's books, such as Bedtime for Frances and A Birthday for Frances. In total he penned over 50 children's books, illustrating many himself. His most famous adult novel was Riddley Walker, which established his reputation as a profoundly original novelist. The science-fiction work, set 2,000 years in the future after a nuclear war has ended civilisation, is famous for its poetic representation of what language might sound like in a post-apocalyptic world. In the clip below, Hoban discusses the use of rhymes and songs in Riddley Walker. › Russia's post-election protests: a "no" to nihilism Subscribe For the latest TV, art, films and book reviews subscribe for just £1 per month!